THE 16FT SKIFF CLASS IS STEEPED IN HISTORY. THE CLASS ITSELF HAS EXISTED FOR OVER A CENTURY, AND HAS REMAINED RELEVANT TO THE COMMUNITY EVER SINCE.

HISTORICS 16’S

1900’S ONWARDS

These skiffs were made by the working class man, in garages, to race on Sydney Harbour. Originally the skiffs were design for transport, but were quickly stepped with large masts, large amounts of sail area and raced around the harbour to the entertainment of many of Sydney Harbours local residents

THE CARBON ERA

1996 ONW ARDS

If a material becomes available that is stronger and lighter than wood, why not manufacture your skiffs out of it? With the advancement of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer, skiffs could be lighter, easier to sail and last far longer. The 16ft skiff fleet became the most advanced high performance dinghy in the 2000’s, and paved the way for many local class developments in reinforced polymer technologies.

MODERN 16

ADVANCED | REFINED

Changes in hull design, advancements in rig development, and new styles of sails have brought about the modern 16ft skiff. The class is classified as a limited development class, providing world class racing both on and off the water. With fleets of up to 30 boats racing at many clubs on the east coast, the 16ft Skiff class is the largest skiff fleet in the southern hemisphere.

Bridging the way to the skiff fleet - the 13ft skiff was designed as a feeder class for the 16ft skiff fleet. Boasting a carbon mast, masthead kite and of course heaps of sail. The 13ft skiff is the perfect boat for those wanting to learn the skills required to sail the 16ft skiff.
A step up from the 29er, the class is sailed by those under the age of 23, and provides the thrill and exhilaration to youth sailors without the hefty price tag of the 16ft skiff. The boats can reach speeds of up to 20 knots downwind and sometimes even match the 16ft skiff. The boat is truly a youth’s weapon.

WORLD
CLASS
DESIGN

16ft Long
• 22m2 of Upwind Sail Area
• 32m2 of Spinnaker Area
• 3 Crew Members
• Carbon Spars
• Carbon/Kevelar/Nylon
Sails
• High Load Blocks and
Rigging
• Advanced rope technologies
• Carbon Foils
• Great Hull Longevity

Hull


Box rule rules allow for local manufacture, and different designs

Allowing any boat builder to produce a 16ft skiff is a major part of the class. This allows for modification and manufacture of skiffs to different sailor requirements.

Not only does this drive quality of product, but also the limited development of the class to produce fast and efficient boats.

Limiting the full development of these boats helps keep the cost low and the competitiveness based skill of the crew on board.

Sails


Sailmakers compete to proivde the fleet the most modern and effective sail plans.

Many of the world most well known sail-makers such as North Sails and Doyles are in hot competition with some of the local gurus such as Truflo Sails. Again the box ruling allows for developing sails to suit the sailors whilst also providing a development platform for those sail makers trailing new advancements such sail CAD flow analysis and moulded sails.

Crew


Age is no deterent for 16 sailors, with youth as young as 14, to the well experienced at 80

Three crew members are required to sail the 16, however only two are required to trapeze, thus allowing people of all ages to steer. This is vastly unique in comparison to many other high performance dinghies, and is a major part of the success of the class.

Most 16’s are sponsored by a local business and sometimes even sailed by those who sponsor it! Many skiff sailors whom in their youth grew within the class, became successful in their own right and have returned to not only support the class, but also participate and enjoy their well earned successes